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I'm looking to pour a 10'x14' 6" slab for a garden shed (roughly 2.5 yards of concrete). One bid would bring a concrete truck, one write get a bunch of quickrete bags (~120) and rent a mixer. The largest rental mixer would take about 8 batches to do this job. The plan is to use 6" remesh in the slab.

Would doing that many batches/partial pours cause any problems with the slab structure? What's the best way to do the partial pours - do an eighth of the area per batch, full thickness? Spread each batch thinly over as much as it will cover? Our just plop it in wherever?

  • I'll ad this as a comment but my answer would be to use the truck for a slab this size. It will save ALOT of time and work. – Alaska Man Feb 27 '17 at 4:31
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You should get a batch mix for this so that you can continuous pour it from end to end in a short period of time. This is the best way to assure a uniformity and even drying time for the whole slab. Mixing in small batches often ends up with one end ready for finishing when you are still messing around with mixing at the other end.

When you get it all poured from a batch truck you then get to concentrate fully on on the troweling and finishing aspects and coverage if needed due to too hot or too cold of weather.

Another thing that demands close attention is to ensure that the wire mesh gets pulled up into the center thickness of the slab as it is poured. Too often it gets pushed down to the underlying fill sand/gravel where is does no good. I have seen this be an even greater problem with a small mixer process because many wheelbarrow trips across the area keep pushing down the mesh and it gets neglected in the due course of going back for another load at the mixer.

Lastly why not put at least some re-bar in the slab. It is a small cost adder to provide much greater strength to the slab to keep it in one piece.

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